AMCHP Workforce Development Committee

AMCHP Workforce Development Committee Moving Forward in 2009

Librada Estrada
Associate Director, Workforce & Leadership Development, Family Involvement, AMCHP

AMCHP’s Workforce Development Committee (WDC) develops strategies to help Title V staff in their daily jobs. It identifies issues that state Title V programs are facing in recruiting, training and retaining staff. The committee identifies resources from across the country to help Title V staff address these issues, including training and technical assistance, data and assessment and professional development. The committee also provides member input on AMCHP programs created to support the Title V workforce, such as the New Director Mentor Program.

The committee is co-chaired by Suzanna Dooley, Chief of Maternal and Child Health Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and Katherine Bradley, Administrator for the Office of Family Health at the Oregon Department of Human Services. In addition Title V program representatives, members of the WDC include representatives from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CityMatCH, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Representatives are academicians, clinicians, epidemiologists, family members, and MCH and CYSHCN directors.

During the 2009 AMCHP Annual Conference, the WDC met to discuss the activities it will focus on over the next several months. Agenda items included how to better market the WDC as a resource to AMCHP members, identifying opportunities for new and mid-level staff to engage in leadership development, and the MCH Block Grant.  

Based on the discussion that was held, for 2009 the WDC will: 

·       Continue to analyze and publish the results from the 2008 Title V Workforce Development Survey and share the results with Title V programs and partners;

·       Engage more actively in Annual Conference planning activities;

·       Engage in discussions on family leadership;

·       Recommend formal adoption by AMCHP of the MCH Leadership Competencies (Version 2.0); and  

·       Compile resources for Title V programs focusing on recruitment, retention and succession planning. 

For more information, please contact Librada Estrada.